Profile - Cherie Gopie - M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Attorney Profile

Cherie Gopie


Cherie Gopie, Senior Associate at M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Phone: 868 299 0981
Mobile: 868 389 6808

Bar Admissions

2006: Trinidad & Tobago

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Negligence / Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Debt Collection
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


Prior to joining Hamel-Smith’s Dispute and Risk Department in August 2011, Cherie spent four years as a Judicial Research Counsel, where she worked alongside High Court Judges conducting necessary research and preparing opinions and judgments, with exposure to a wide variety of complex civil and criminal cases.  She began her career at a small law firm where she gained experience in company law, civil litigation and arbitration.

At M. Hamel-Smith & Co., Cherie has appeared in and works closely instructing Counsel in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Tax Appeal Board and the Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. Cherie focuses on all areas of dispute resolution and advises the firm’s clients on, among other areas, Admiralty Law, General Commercial Litigation, Medical Negligence Law, Personal Injury, Debt Collection, Insurance, re-Insurance, contract review and drafting to protect client interests and limit liability.

Current Involvement

  • Drafting Court documents including Pleadings, Evidence and Arguments, Applications, Affidavits, Witness Statements, Skeleton Arguments and Submissions;
  • Drafting, amending and advising on a wide variety of commercial contracts and contractual disputes;
  • Advising and representing a wide range of Clients in multi-million dollar debt collection and enforcement of judgment actions;
  • Advising and representing Clients in claims involving breach of constructive trust and fraud;
  • Advising and representing Clients in varying breach of contract and negligence claims;
  • Advising and representing Clients in land disputes;
  • Providing general commercial advice;


  • Author: Ship ahoy! Maritime claims and what it means to arrest a ship featured in the May 19, 2019 T&T Guardian newspaper and Hamel Smith Forum Vol. 11 Issue 2, October 2019;
  • Co- Author, ‘Ship arrests in Practice’ ( Trinidad and Tobago), Ship Arrests 12th Edition, 2020, published by The Network.
  • Author: What You Need To Understand – About Memorandums Of Understanding, Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 6, April 2019
  • The Attachment of Assets – Juris Publication
  • Co-Author: The Enforcement of Money Judgments – Juris Publication
  • Taking a New Stab at Piercing the Corporate Veil – MHS Forum
  • Co-Author: A guide to doing business Trinidad and Tobago: Environmental Approval – Lex Mundi Publication


2016:  LL.M.  (Corporate & Commercial Law) University of the West Indies

2006:  L.E.C. Hugh Wooding Law School

2004:  L.L.B  (Hons.) University of the West Indies

2001:  B.A.   (History) (Hons.) University of the West Indies